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lulu  This page presents an annotated, worldwide bibliography of reviews, articles and other published material related to the 1926 film A Social Celebrity. This American film includes Louise Brooks in the role of Kitty Laverne. Around the world, this film was exhibited or written about under other titles including Desfrutando a alta sociedade (Brazil); Figaro en sociedad (Chile); Sociální osobnost (Czechoslovakia); I laante fjer (Denmark); Storfyrstinden og hendes kammertjener (Denmark); Au suivant de ces messieurs (France); Un barbiere di qualità (Italy); Figaro en sociedad (Mexico); De Dameskapper (Netherland); Figaro en sociedad (Spain); and En Sparv i tranedans (Sweden).

This page is a work in progress. The intention of this bibliography is to be as comprehensive as possible; most citations represent a substantial review or article. Shorter, capsule reviews - usually a paragraph or two in length - are so noted. Entries are arranged chronologically. Critical commentary regarding Brooks, or the film as a whole (excerpted from the material cited), are offered as annotations. Some citations are linked to the material cited. (Some links reside on the Louise Brooks Society website, while others exist elsewhere on the internet.) An * indicates that a copy of this citation is held in the archives of the LBS. If you know of additional citations, or can provide further information on the entries noted on this page, please contact the Louise Brooks Society via . If you would like to help find vintage newspaper reviews, please follow this link. This bibliography has been compiled by Thomas Gladysz, and was last updated in June 2007.

A Social Celebrity
released March 29, 1926

S., H. C. "Talk of the Day About Footlight and Film." Newark Star-Eagle, September 11, 1925. (United States) *
--- part of column devoted to the film; article in Newark, New Jersey newspaper

anonymous. "A Social Celebrity." Exhibitor's Herald, January 16, 1926. (United States) *
--- pre-release notice

anonymous. "A Social Celebrity." National Board of Review Magazine, March - April, 1926. (United States) *
--- capsule review

anonymous. "Olympic Theatre." Jewish Criterion, March 26, 1926. (United States) *
--- Louise Brooks is referenced in article in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania publication

anonymous. "Adolphe Menjou Social Celebrity." Hartford Times, March 27, 1926. (United States) *
--- article in Hartford, Conneticut newspaper

anonymous. "Menjou As Social Celebrity Will Be Offering At Strand." Birmingham Age-Herald, March 28, 1926. (United States) *
--- article in Birmingham, Alabama newspaper

anonymous. "Stage and Screen." Hartford Courant, March 29, 1926. (United States) *
--- review in Hartford, Conneticut newspaper

anonymous. "Capitol." Hartford Times, March 29, 1926. (United States) *
--- review in Hartford, Connecticut newspaper

Marzoni, Pettersen. "Picture Reviews." Birmingham Age, March 29, 1926. (United States) *
--- "A newcomer also provides color to A Social Celebrity. She is Louise Brooks, who flashed a moment of inspiration in The American Venus." - brief review Birmingham, Alabama newspaper (the film is also deemed acceptable by the Better Films Committee of Birmingham in an adjunct column)

anonymous. "Programs at Photoplay Theaters." Pittsburgh Chronicle Telegraph, March 30, 1926. (United States) *
--- two articles (regarding Olympic and Regent theater screenings) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania newspaper

anonymous. "In the Pitt Theaters." Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette, March 30, 1926. (United States) *
--- review in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania newspaper

anonymous. "At the Theatres." Pittsburgh Press, March 30, 1926. (United States) *
--- brief review in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania newspaper

anonymous. "Menjou Has Liberty Laugh Role." San Jose Evening News, March 31, 1926. (United States) *
--- article in San Jose, California newspaper

Tinee, Mae. "Adolphe Menjou Proves He's No One Role Actor." Chicago Tribune, March 31, 1926. (United States) *
--- "Louise Brooks, who plays the small town sweetheart who want to make a peacock out of her razorbill, is a delightful young person with a lovely, direct gaze, an engaging seriousness, and a sudden, flashing smile that is disarming and winsome. A slim and lissome child, with personality and talent." - Chicago, Illinois newspaper

anonymous. "Menjou Comedy Is Offering at Liberty." San Jose Evening News, April 2, 1926. (United States) *
--- article in San Jose, California newspaper

Hughston, Josephine. "Adolphe Menjou At Liberty in A Social Celebrity." San Jose Mercury Herald, April 2, 1926. (United States) *
--- "Louise Brooks is Kitty, the girl who sets the pace in leaving the small town to dance in a New York night club." - San Jose, California newspaper

anonymous. "Adolphe Menjou At the Strand in Social Celebrity." Canton Repository, April 4, 1926. (United States) *
--- article in Canton, Ohio newspaper

anonymous. "Adolphe Menjou Stars in Picture at State." Dayton Journal, April 5, 1926. (United States) *
--- review in Dayton, Ohio newspaper

Patton, Peggy. "Bespectacled Harold Is Back Again." Wisconsin News, April 10, 1926. (United States) *
--- brief article in Milwaukee, Wisconsin newspaper

Service, T. O. "Service Talks." Exhibitor's Herald, April 10, 1926. (United States) *
--- article

anonymous. "At the Colonial." Daily Kennebec Journal, April 12, 1926. (United States) *
--- brief article in Kennebec, Maine newspaper

anonymous. "Lyceum." Duluth Herald, April 12, 1926. (United States) *
--- review in Duluth, Minnesota newspaper

anonymous. "Theaters." Duluth News Tribune, April 12, 1926. (United States) *
--- "Miss Brooks, with her mannish bob, is a treat for the eyes." - review in Duluth, Minnesota newspaper

anonymous. "Menjou at Olympia is Social Celebrity." Evening Reporter, April 12, 1926. (United States) *
--- article in Lebanon, Pennsylvania newspaper

C., J. P. "James." Ohio State Journal, April 12, 1926. (United States) *
--- capsule review in Columbus, Ohio newspaper

S., De L. "Vaudeville and Burlesque." Columbus Dispatch, April 12, 1926. (United States) *
--- capsule review in Columbus, Ohio newspaper

S., H. W. "James." Columbus Citizen, April 12, 1926. (United States) *
--- review in Columbus, Ohio newspaper

Parsons, Polly. "Realm of Silent Drama." Milwaukee Sentinel, April 13, 1926. (United States) *
--- "Mejou is excellent in his role with Louise Brooks, a Broadway dancing star, appearing as Kitty, and Elsie Lawson, another Manhattan dancer, as April." - Milwaukee, Wisconsin newspaper

anonymous. "Max Fisher And His Orchestra and A Social Celebrity At The Capitol." The Standard, April 17, 1926. (Canada) *
--- article in Montreal, Canada newspaper

anonymous. "Howard Photoplay Is A Social Celebrity." Atlanta Constitution, April 18, 1926. (United States) *
--- "In the supporting cast are Louise Brooks and Chester Coklin, both of whom are featured." - Atlanta, Georgia newspaper

anonymous. "Theater, Musik & Kunst." New Yorker Volkszeitung, April 18, 1926. (United States) *
--- Brooks is noted in brief write-up in German-language, New York City newspaper

anonymous. "Adolph Menjou Stars in Cinema at the Paramount." Salt Lake Telegram, April 18, 1926. (United States) *
--- article in Salt Lake City, Utah newspaper

anonymous. "Paramount Offers Social Celebrity." Salt Lake Tribune, April 18, 1926. (United States) *
--- article in Salt Lake City, Utah newspaper

anonymous. "Madison." Wisconsin State Journal, April 18, 1926. (United States) *
--- brief article in Madison, Wisconsin newspaper

anonymous. "Menjou Takes Barber's Role In New Movie." Akron Beacon Journal, April 19, 1926. (United States) *
--- review in Akron, Ohio newspaper

anonymous. "The Theaters." Capital Times, April 19, 1926. (United States) *
--- brief review in Madison, Wisconsin newspaper

anonymous. "Au Capitol, l'orchestre de Max Fisher, et Adolphe Menjou avec Chester Conklin." La Patrie, April 19, 1926. (Canada) *
--- review in French-language Montreal, Canada newspaper

anonymous. "At The Capitol." Montreal Gazette, April 19, 1926. (Canada) *
--- "Kitty is most attractively played by a new-comer to the screen, Louise Brooks who possesses piquant charm and ability as an actress." - review in Montreal, Canada newspaper

anonymous. "A Social Celebrity." Morning Telegraph, April 19, 1926. (United States) *
--- "Besides Menjou's capital performance, various rosettes and medals should go to Josephine Drake, Louise Brooks, Chester Conklin and Elsie Lawson. . . . Louise Brooks, provocative, alluring, would have been enhanced by better lighting or darker make-up, but that will doubtless come in another picture. She is, Heaven knows, potent enough as it is." - review was repeated in April 25th edition; New York City newspaper

anonymous. "Adolphe Menjou in A Social Celebrity at the Rivoli." New York Post, April 19, 1926. (United States) *
--- "There is, further, an attractive young lady named Louise Brooks, late of the Follies, dark, cute and accomplished at the Charleston." - New York City newspaper

author unknown. New York Graphic, April 19?, 1926. (United States)
--- article in New York City newspaper

Hall, Mordaunt. "The Handsome Barber." New York Times, April 19, 1926. (United States) *
--- "Incidentally, Miss Brooks, who impersonates the heroine, sometimes reminds one a little of Beatrice Lillie." - New York City newspaper

Martin, Quinn. "The New Films." The World, April 19, 1926. (United States) *
--- "It is no doubt the least exciting and the least imaginative of any of the recent Menjou plays, and even so it does sparkle. This is so because of St. Clair, Menjou, Miss Brooks and that heavy footed, sad-eyed daddy of a great many horrible comedies, Chester Conklin." - New York City newspaper

Moviegoer, The. "Picture Plays and Players." New York Sun, April 19, 1926. (United States) *
--- " . . . the beauteous Louise Brooks poses exquisitely and acts atrociously." - New York City newspaper

O., J. C. "The New Films." Brooklyn Daily Times, April 19, 1926. (United States) *
--- review in New York City newspaper

Underhill, Harriette. "On the Screen." New York Herald Tribune, April 19, 1926. (United States) *
--- "We like Louise Brooks, but not as a heroine. She should be always a lady who lures." - New York City newspaper

W., M. "Mr. Menjou in Another Cinema Joy on Valentine Silver Sheet." Toledo Times, April 19, 1926. (United States) *
--- "Louise Brooks, who left Mr. Ziegfield's 'Follies' for a career on the shadow stage, has her first important role opposite him and does admirably. She is a captivating little brunette with the figure of a Venus." - review in Toledo, Ohio newspaper

Zimmerman, Katherine. "Unreeling the Films." New York Telegram, April 19, 1926. (United States) *
--- "Louise Brooks, an attractive young woman who made her screen debut in The American Venus some months ago, puts in some good work as the Charleston stepper." - New York City newspaper

anonymous. "At the Madison." Capital Times, April 20, 1926. (United States) *
--- brief review in Madison, Wisconsin newspaper

H., H. P. "menjou Has New Type of Role In Feature At Capitol." Montreal Herald, April 20, 1926. (Canada) *
--- review in Montreal, Canada newspaper

anonymous. "Madison." Wisconsin State Journal, April 20, 1926. (United States) *
--- article in Madison, Wisconsin newspaper

Creelman, Eileen. "Social Celebrity Opens at Rivoli." New York American, April 20, 1926. (United States) *
--- " . . . the saucy Louise Brooks." - New York City newspaper

H., D. "A Social Celebrity." Daily Mirror, April 20, 1926. (United States) *
--- "Miss Brooks is a vivid young miss, more at home in a jazzy role than a sweetly innocent one." - New York City newspaper

Dickstein, Martin B. "The Cinema Circuit." Brooklyn Daily Eagle, April 20, 1926. (United States) *
--- review in Brooklyn, New York newspaper

McGowen, Rose. "Social Celebrity Shaved Off Nobility by Chance Remark." Daily News, April 20, 1926. (United States)
--- "Louise Brooks would have been ample excuse for making any picture. Here is a young actress who has fresh young beauty reinforced by one of the most expressive faces I have ever seen on the screen." - New York City newspaper

Morgan-Powell, S. "Adolphe Menjou and A Famous Orchestra Are a Great Great Success." Montreal Daily Star, April 20, 1926. (Canada) *
--- review in Montreal, Canada newspaper

Pelswick, Rose. "New Pictures on Broadway." New York Evening Journal, April 20, 1926. (United States) *
--- "It is about 85 per cent top grade entertainment and consequently much better than the average. . . . Louise Brooks is an unusually attractive girl who stirs the hero to ambition by leaving the same small town to do the inevitable Charleston in a Broadway night club." - New York City newspaper

Fred. "A Social Celebrity." Variety, April 21, 1926. (United States) *
--- "And in Louise Brooks it looks as though Famous has a find that might rank in the Colleen Moore class providing they handle her right."

anonymous. "Menjou Plays at Garden in Great Success." Davenport Democrat And Leader, April 22, 1926. (United States) *
--- review in Davenport, Iowa newspaper

anonymous. "Pictures Playing Atlanta This Week." Weekly Film Review, April 24, 1926. (United States) *
--- review; "The cast is uniformly excellent, but the players certain to leave an imprint are winsome Louise Brooks, who wears her clothes with a flaunt that no feminine member of the audience is apt to forget." - Atlanta, Georgia trade journal

anonymous. "Menjou Comedy Social Celebrity Granada Feature." Ilustrated Daily News, April 24, 1926. (United States) *
--- article in San Francisco, California newspaper

Harrison, P. S. "A Social Celebrity - with Adolphe Menjou." Harrison's Reports, April 24, 1926. (United States) *
--- capsule review in trade publication; "Not much to it! There is a little comedy here and there, but not enough to make one sit up and take notice."

S., T. "The Current Cinema." New Yorker, April 24, 1926. (United States) *
--- brief mention in film column; "Miss Louise Brooks is a pretty newcomer but not an acting newcomer."

anonymous. "Adolph Menjou Tries Luck in Barber Shop." Boston Post, April 25, 1926. (United States) *
--- short article in Boston, Massachusetts newspaper

anonymous. "Adolphe Menjou in A Social Celebrity." Film Daily, April 25, 1926. (United States) *
--- capsule review; "Louise Brooks a cutey and with a quantity of good looks. She isn't exactly the heroine type though. She would make a far better baby vamp."

anonymous. "For Film ." Philadelphia Inquirer, April 25, 1926. (United States) *
--- "Louise Brooks, a little dance rof Ziegfeld fame, is seen as the manicurist loved by the barber." - article in Philadelphia, Pennslyvania newspaper

Hall, Mordaunt. "Cyrano's Dulcet Tones Are Missed in Picture." New York Times, April 25, 1926. (United States) *
--- review in New York City newspaper

Hillman, Gordon. "Show Off Is Sparkling Film of Real Life." Boston Daily Advertiser, April 25, 1926. (United States) *
--- "Miss Louise Brooks, a new leading lady, also does excellently." - review in Boston, Massachusetts newspaper

Adams, Carl B. "Photoplay Reviews." Cincinnati Enquirer, April 26, 1926. (United States) *
--- review in Cincinnati, Ohio newspaper

anonymous. "Granada Screen Shows Menjou in Clever Role." San Francisco Chronicle, April 26, 1926. (United States) *
--- "Louise Brooks, a newcomer - she played a rather outstanding bit in An American Venus - does nicely as Max's real sweetheart." - San Francisco, California newspaper

B., E. D. "Menjou Again in Role of Flunky." San Francisco Call and Post, April 26, 1926. (United States) *
--- article in San Francisco, California newspaper

Gillaspey, A. F. "Barber Makes Excellent Count." San Francisco Bulletin, April 26, 1926. (United States) *
--- " . . . a typical Menjou vehicle." - San Francisco, California newspaper

Jones, Idwal. "Granada Comedy Provokes Laughs." San Francisco Examiner, April 26, 1926. (United States) *
--- " . . . played by the appetizing and bob-haired Louise Brooks." - San Francisco, California newspaper

Montfort, Lawrence M. "Menjou Funny in Granada's Screen Farce." Illustrated Daily News, April 26, 1926. (United States) *
--- "Louise Brooks, who plays the small town girl who coaxes Menjou to emulate her example and try luck in New York is a comer and awfully good to look upon. Her straight-cut bob, black eyes and not too sweetly pretty face are different, and she displays some acting ability." - review in San Francisco, California newspaper

Segal, Eugene. "Barber is Glorified by Adolphe Menjou." Cincinnati Post, April 26, 1926. (United States) *
--- review in Cincinnati, Ohio newspaper

Swint, Curran D. "Adolphe Menjou Granada Star." San Francisco News, April 26, 1926. (United States) *
--- "A very excellent supporting cast includes, besides Chester Conklin, Louise Brooks and Elisie Lawson in important roles." - San Francisco, California newspaper

anonymous. "Adolph Menjou Metrpolitan Star." Boston Globe, April 27, 1926. (United States) *
--- review in Boston, Massachusetts newspaper

anonymous. "Social Celebrity at Metropolitan." Boston Herald, April 27, 1926. (United States) *
--- "Louise Brooks as the girl in the case is very attractive and dances the Charlestown almost as well as Bessie Love, althought more vigorously, yet she does little acting." - Boston, Massachusetts newspaper

anonymous. "A Social Celebrity Is Stanley Picture." Philadelphia Inquirer, April 27, 1926. (United States) *
--- "Louise Brooks gives a thoughtful interpretation to her part of the capricious Kitty." - review in Philadelphia, Pennslyvania newspaper

anonymous. "New Films Being Shown on Local Screens This Week." Philadelphia Public Ledger, April 27, 1926. (United States) *
--- "Opposite Menjou, Louise Brooks, a recent addtion to the screen from the chorus, possesses a vivacious personality and gives a fresh and promising portrayal." - review in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania newspaper

anonymous. "Adolphe Menjou on Stanley Screen." Philadelphia Record, April 27, 1926. (United States) *
--- review in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania newspaper

anonymous. "Tivoli at Its Best." Toronto Globe & Mail, April 27, 1926. (Canada) *
--- review in Toronto, Ontario newspaper

B., D. W. "Films of the Week." Boston Evening Transcript, April 28, 1926. (United States) *
--- "In this instance the manicure is no less provocative a morsel than Miss Miss Louise Brooks, remembered for her bit in that specious puff-pastry, The American Venus. Miss Brooks has anything but a rewarding task in A Social Celebrity. Yet it would be ungracious not to comment on the fetching qualities of her screen presence. She affects a straight-line bang across the forhead with distressingly piquant cow-licks over either ear. Her eyes are quick, dark, lustrous. Her nose and mouth share a suspicion of gaminerie. Her gestures are deft and alert - perhaps still a shade self-conscious. In body she is more supple than facial play and her genuflectory exertions in the Charleston might well repay the careful study of amateurs in that delicate exercise." - Boston, Massachusetts newspaper

anonymous. "Musical Comedy, Drama and Motion Pictures." Musical Courier, April 29, 1926. (United States) *
--- brief review of New York City screening and accompanying stage attraction

anonymous. "Adolphe Menjou Now Featured at Regent Theatre." San Mateo Times, April 29, 1926. (United States) *
--- "Louise Brooks, a little girl who suddenly sprang into fame through her dancing in the stage production of Louie the 14th and who was awarded a role in The American Venus, has the second featured role. Miss Brooks is the little manicurist with whom Menjou is in love, but who later becomes a musical comedy star." - article in San Mateo, California newspaper

anonymous. "The Low Down on the Picture." Motion Pictures Today, May 1, 1926. (United States)
--- "Louise Brooks, who achieved something of a reputation in The American Venus . . . " - review in trade journal

Chartier, Roy. "Film: A Social Celebrity." Billboard, May 1, 1926. (United States) *
--- "Probably the most pathetic thing about A Social Celebrity is the casting opposite Menjou of Louise Brooks, a recent 'find'. She is absolutely negative so far as acting goes, lacks artistry and ingratiation, and so far as expression is concerned is a positive blank."

Sargent, Epes W. "A Social Celebrity - Paramount." Moving Picture World, May 1, 1926. (United States) *
--- "Louise Brooks, who is coming along fast, does fine work as the manicure girl. A little too harsh in the more tender moments, she is very good in the more dashing episodes, and goes well beyond her previous accomplishments."

anonymous. "Street of Forgotten Men at Poli's Vaudeville." Bridgeport Telegram, May 1, 1926. (United States) *
--- article in Bridgeport, Connecticut newspaper

anonymous. "Amusements." Bridgeport Telegram, May 3, 1926. (United States) *
--- brief review in Bridgeport, Connecticut newspaper

anonymous. "New Films." St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 3, 1926. (United States) *
--- brief review in St. Louis, Missouri newspaper

anonymous. "New Pictures." Time, May 3, 1926. (United States) *
--- capsule review; "He has to help him in this venture an exceedingly personable and promising newcomer called Louise Brooks."

Feldkamp, Frances V. "Movie Reviews." St. Louis Globe-Democrat, May 3, 1926. (United States) *
--- "Louise Brooks, who caused such a ripple of interest in her small role in The American Venus, is a flop as Kitty. One reason is that her makeup gives her a hard look that is neither becoming nor liked." - review in St. Louis, Missouri newspaper

Noble, Lee. "College Film Leads Week's Movie Bills." St. Louis Times, May 3, 1926. (United States) *
--- brief review in St. Louis, Missouri newspaper

M., B. "Snappy Bill at Capitol Theatre." Calgary Daily Herald, May 4, 1926. (Canada) *
--- review in Calgary, Alberta newspaper

anonymous. "Stage - Music - Photoplay." Detroit Saturday Night, May 8, 1926. (United States) *
--- short write-up in weekly Detroit, Michigan entertainment newspaper

anonymous. "Pre-release Reviews of Features." Motion Picture News, May 8, 1926. (United States) *
--- "A comedy with a bit of suggested pathos leavening the laughs, plot of extremely light texture and not startling original." - review, with five scene stills, in trade journal

anonymous. "Quick Stuff on Pictures for Busy Showman." Motion Pictures Today, May 8, 1926. (United States) *
--- capsule review in trade journal

anonymous. "Menjou Has Barber Role at American." Oakland Post-Enquirer, May 8, 1926. (United States) *
--- short article in Oakland, California newspaper

anonymous. "Many Amusements Offered to Denver." Denver Post, May 9, 1926. (United States) *
--- article in Denver, Colorado newspaper

anonymous. "At the Theaters." Providence Journal,May 9, 1926. (United States) *
--- brief article in Providence, Rhode Island newspaper

anonymous. "At the Theaters." Providence Evening Bulletin,May 10, 1926. (United States) *
--- article in Providence, Rhode Island newspaper

Craig, Betty. "Comedies and Mystery Greet Denver Film House Patrons." Denver Post, May 10, 1926. (United States) *
--- "The supporting cast includes Louise Brooks and Chester Conklin in roles almost as fascinating as the role played by the dapper star." - review in Denver, Colorado newspaper

Soanes, Wood. "American Presents Menjou as 'Celebrity'." Oakland Tribune, May 10, 1926. (United States) *
--- capsule review; "Handsome is as handsome does! The aphorism finds new verity at the American this week in the story of A Social Celebrity." - Oakland, California newspaper

W., L. M. "Stage and Screen." Ann Arbor Times News, May 10, 1926. (United States) *
--- "Louise Brooks, who plays opposite Adolphe Menjou, gives her role vigor and strength of character." - brief review in Ann Arbor, Michigan newspaper

anonymous. "Celebrity Film Is Brimful of Amusement." Oregon State Journal, May 11, 1926. (United States) *
--- review in Portland, Oregon newspaper

anonymous. "Menjou, Heart Breaker, Tries Hand at Barbering." Portland Oregonian, May 11, 1926. (United States) *
--- "It introduces to the movie public a new heroine in the person of the sleek and boyish Louise Brooks. A little young, perhaps, but bouyant and of most engaging smile. There is no opportunity to learn whether or not she can act, but in her role of chorus girl she reveals the most beautiful pair of legs in the movies - which is a rather broad statement and a comment which would have been in very poor taste in crinoline days." - Portland, Oregon newspaper

Heffernan, Harold. "The New Movies in Review." Detroit News, May 11, 1926. (United States) *
--- "Louise Brooks, possessing one of the most striking and expressive faces ever to come to the screen, plays the heroine in a saucily successful manner." - review in Detroit, Michigan newspaper

McCormick, Ella H. "Reel Players." Detroit Free Press, May 11, 1926. (United States) *
--- "Louise Brooks is the nifty stepper who forsook the orangewood stick and the bowl of soapy water and then made up her mind that life with the village barber meant more to her than luxurious clothes and the applause of hip flaskers in the big city." - review in Detroit, Michigan newspaper

Richardson, Charles J. "Adolphe Menjou Appears as Barber in Latest Comedy Vehicle." Detroit Times, May 11, 1926. (United States) *
--- "The same for Louise Brooks. You find it hard to imagine this lovely bit of decoration as a domestic creature willing to retire from night life and a patron for the comforts of a four corner community." - review in Detroit, Michigan newspaper

anonymous. "The Lovely Movie as a Maker of Fame." New Smyrna Daily News , May 11, 1926. (United States) *
--- instance of syndicated article in New Smyrna, Florida newspaper

Sherwood, Robert E. "The Silent Drama." Life, May 13, 1926. (United States) *
--- "Adolphe Menjou is, of course, excellent, and his leading lady, Louise Brooks, indulges in some eye-and eyebrow-play which is not at all difficult to watch. Miss Brooks looks to me like a safe bet."

anonymous. "Social Celebrity Subtle Picture." Los Angeles Evening Herald, May 15, 1926. (United States) *
--- "The girl in the story is played by Louise Brooks, the lovely miss that made quite a name for herself in The American Venus." - Los Angeles, California newspaper

anonymous. "Adolphe Menjou Sunday Feature." Salinas Daily Index, May 15, 1926. (United States) *
--- short article in Salinas, California newspaper

anonymous. "Menjou Plays Barber's Role In Picture Full Of Fun." Santa Barbara Daily News, May 15, 1926. (United States) *
--- article in Santa Barbara, California newspaper

anonymous. "Wichita Girl in A Social Celebrity." Topeka Daily State Journal, May 15, 1926. (United States) *
--- captioned scene still in Topeka, Kansas newspaper

anonymous. "New Faces Bow With Menjou Film." Washington Times, May 15, 1926. (United States) *
--- "Louise Brooks, also endowed with a prominent part in the Menjou picture, was a featured dancer in Ziegfeld's production of Louie, the 14th, and she joined the picture game to play the part of 'Miss Bayport' in Paramount's production of The American Venus" - article in Washington D.C. newspaper

Moulton, Herbert. "Local Boy Doesn't Make Good." Los Angeles Times, May 15, 1926. (United States) *
--- "Louise Brooks proves a capable leading woman, considerably removed from the conventional type. She makes the character definite and gives it a quality of hardness that fits in nicely with her treatment of Menjou. She moves a bit too slowly, sometimes giving the effect of a carefully studied portrayal. This is particularly noticeable in several close-ups with Menjou, when she invariably turns her face toward the camera with great deliberation before speaking the subtitle." - Los Angeles, California newspaper

anonymous. "Herb Wiedoeft And Orchestra Are Kinema Feature." Fresno Bee, May 16, 1926. (United States) *
--- short article; "Louise Brooks, who suddenly sprang into fame through her dancing in the stage production of Louie the 14th, and who was awarded a role in The American Venus, has the second feature role. Miss Brooks is the little manicurist with whom Menjou is in love, but who later becomes a musical comedy star." - Fresno, California newspaper

anonymous. "Movies on View This Week." Indianapolis Star, May 16, 1926. (United States) *
--- article in Indianapolis, Indiana newspaper

anonymous. "Life's a Wow to St. Clair." Los Angeles Examiner, May 16, 1926. (United States) *
--- article in Los Angeles, California newspaper

anonymous. "Masculine fashion plate of films wins girl and fortune - in screen play." Louisville Courier-Journal, May 16, 1926. (United States) *
--- brief article in Louisville, Kentucky newspaper

anonymous. "Adolphe Menjou Starred in A Social Celebrity at Empire." Syracuse Post-Standard, May 16, 1926. (United States) *
--- article in Syracuse, New York newspaper

anonymous. "Many Jobs Paved Way." Washington Herald, May 16, 1926. (United States) *
--- article in Washington D.C. newspaper

anonymous. "Menjou Stars in Barber Role." Santa Barbara Morning Press, May 16, 1926. (United States) *
--- "Louise Brooks and Chester Conklin are seen to advantage in featured roles." - article in Santa Barbara, California newspaper

anonymous. "Current Attractions." Washington Star, May 16, 1926. (United States) *
--- short article in Washington D.C. newspaper

anonymous. "Adolphe Menjou in A Social Celebrity with Wichita's Own Louise Brooks." Wichita Beacon, May 16, 1926. (United States) *
--- full page illustrated article - Brooks also appears on the cover of the newspaper's Town Crier magazine; Wichita, Kansas newspaper

anonymous. "At the Strand." Des Moines Register, May 17, 1926. (United States) *
--- review in Des Moines, Iowa newspaper

anonymous. "Adolphe Menjou in A Social Celebrity, current feature at the Kinema Theater." Fresno Bee, May 17, 1926. (United States) *
--- "Louise Brooks, practically a newcomer to the sxcreen, and Chester Conklin, play the leading roles in support of Menjou." - brief review in Fresno, California newspaper

anonymous. "As the Reviewer Sees Them." Indianapolis News, May 17, 1926. (United States) *
--- review in Indianapolis, Indiana newspaper

anonymous. "New Theater Attractions." Syracuse Post-Standard, May 17, 1926. (United States) *
--- review in Syracuse, New York newspaper

anonymous. "Offerings at Local Theaters." Washington Post, May 17, 1926. (United States) *
--- "In the cast with Menjou are Louise brooks, Elsie Lawson, Chester Conklin and others. Their work, without exception, is good and gives excellent support to the splendid acting by the star." - Washington D.C. newspaper

anonymous. "Columbia - A Social Celebrity." Washington Star, May 17, 1926. (United States) *
--- review in Washington D.C. newspaper

Hickman, Walter D. "New Menjou Film Booked at Ohio." Indianapolis Times, May 17, 1926. (United States) *
--- review in Indianapolis, Indiana newspaper

K., M. "A Jowl-Scraping Baron, That's Menjou." Washington Times, May 17, 1926. (United States) *
--- ". . . Kitty Laverne, expertly played by Louise Brooks" - review in Washington D.C. newspaper

S., I. "Adolphe Menjou's Latest One Clicks." Washington Herald, May 17, 1926. (United States) *
--- "Louise Brooks, of the Ziegfeld's Follies and Louie the Fourteenth, has the role opposite Menjou. She is credited with having made a leap from the chorus to stardom in this one picture. She is one of the 'finds' of the season." - review in Washington D.C. newspaper

P., E. "A Social Celebrity at Mosque." Newark Star-Eagle, May 17, 1926. (United States) *
--- review in Newark, New Jersey newspaper

T., R. G. "The New Pictures." Indianapolis Star, May 17, 1926. (United States) *
--- "Louise Brooks, who quits her position in the shop, dashing off to broader fields of endeavor in New York, where she becomes a cabaret dancer, has the feminine lead, contributing liberally to the value of the picture in spite of the meager possibilities of the role." - review in Indianapolis, Indiana newspaper

anonymous. "Menjou Sets New Hair-Bob Styles In Met Picture." Los Angeles Daily Illustrated News, May 18, 1926. (United States) *
--- article in Los Angeles, California newspaper

anonymous. "Amusements." New Orleans States, May 18, 1926. (United States) *
--- short review in New Orleans, Louisiana newspaper

anonymous. "Attractions at Theaters Tersely Told." Santa Barbara Daily News, May 18, 1926. (United States) *
--- review in Santa Barbara, California newspaper

anonymous. "Menjou Film Pleases Crowd." Santa Rosa Press Democrat, May 18, 1926. (United States) *
--- article in Santa Rosa, California newspaper

K., K. T. "Asbestos." New Orleans Times-Picayune, May 18, 1926. (United States) *
--- "Louise Brooks is rather cute as the girl." - review in New Orleans, Louisiana newspaper

M., H. W. "Films." Santa Barbara Morning Press, May 18, 1926. (United States) *
--- brief review in Santa Barbara, California newspaper

anonymous. "Menjou's Latest Said To Be Finest." Los Angeles Record, May 18, 1926. (United States) *
--- brief article in Los Angeles, California newspaper

anonymous. "Actor Gets Lessons in Barbering." Los Angeles Times, May 19, 1926. (United States) *
--- article in Los Angeles, California newspaper

anonymous. "Adolphe Menjou Leads In A Social Celebrity Attraction at Strand." Commercial Appeal , May 23, 1926. (United States) *
--- brief article in Memphis, Tennessee newspaper

Smith, Palmer. "Cinematics." Duluth News Tribune, May 23, 1926. (United States) *
--- write-up in column in Duluth, Minnesota newspaper

anonymous. "A Social Celebrity Playing at Quimby." Times Recorder, May 24, 1926. (United States) *
--- article in Zanesville, Ohio newspaper

G., G. "Capitol Starts Summer Season With Racy Film." Daily Oklahoman, May 24, 1926. (United States) * --- brief review in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma newspaper

anonymous. "U.C. Theater to Show Menjou in Comedy Scream." Berkeley Daily Gazzette, May 25, 1926. (United States) *
--- short article - "Chester Conklin and Louise Brooks appear in the featured roles." - Berkeley, California newspaper

anonymous. "Adolph Menjou in Comedy at the Wisconsin." Eau Claire Leader, May 25, 1926. (United States) *
--- short article Eau Claire, Wisconsin newspaper

anonymous. "Menjou Appears as Barber." Santa Monica Evening Outlook, May 27, 1926. (United States) *
--- article in Santa Monica, California newspaper

anonymous. "A Social Celebrity Even If He is a Barber." Venice Evening Vanguard, May 28, 1926. (United States) *
--- review in Venice, California newspaper

anonymous. "Menjou Shines in Latest Film." Glendale Daily Press, May 29, 1926. (United States) *
--- article in Glendale, California newspaper

anonymous. "Adolphe Menjou As Barber At Strand." Pasadena Star-News, May 29, 1926. (United States) *
--- review in Pasadena, California newspaper

Beaton, Welford. "As Viewed Through the Spectator's Specs." Film Spectator, May 29, 1926. (United States) *
--- review

anonymous. "Famous Avenue Is Setting for Film." Battle Creek Enquirer and Evening News, May 30, 1926. (United States) *
--- article in Battle Creek, Michigan newspaper

R., M. E. "Amusing Comedy Opens Keith's Summer Policy." Grand Rapids Press, May 30, 1926. (United States) *
--- "A familiar story, true, but Menjou's capable acting and that of Louise Brooks as Kitty make it pleasantly new." - review in Grand Rapids, Michigan newspaper

anonymous. "Menjou Seen as Dapper Barber." Minneapolis Journal, May 30, 1926. (United States) *
--- article in Minneapolis, Minnesota newspaper

anonymous. "The Majestic." Tulsa Daily World, May 30, 1926. (United States) *
--- short article in Tulsa, Oklahoma newspaper

anonymous. "Movies." Minneapolis Tribune, May 31, 1926. (United States) *
--- capsule review in Minneapolis, Minnesota newspaper

Star-News Critic. "Adolphe Menjou Is Very Entertaining." Pasadena Star-News, May 31, 1926. (United States) *
--- review in Pasadena, California newspaper

Taaffe, Agnes. "Movies." Minneapolis Daily Star, May 31, 1926. (United States) *
--- "Louise Brooks, a recent screen find and one who bids fair to rise rapidly in the ranks of popular stars, plays opposite Mr. Menjou and handles the role of the small town sweetheart who becomes a chorus girl with more than the usual ability shown by the beginner." - review in Minneapolis, Minnesota newspaper

Hanley, Thomas F. "Adolphe Menjou Pleases Crowds in Fine Comedy of Social Life." Bakersfield Californian, June 3, 1926. (United States) *
--- review in Bakersfield, California newspaper

Mewhinney, Hubert B. "TONIGHT --- At Austin Theaters." Austin Statesman, June 5, 1926. (United States) *
--- "The girl is played by Louise Brooks, whom we remember as looking more attractive than either Esther Ralston or Fay Lanphier in The American Venus." - short review in Austin, Texas newspaper

Taylor, Alva. "Love in Russia and Africa and New York." Liberty, June 5, 1926. (United States) *
--- one of three films reviewed; "Kitty (Louise Brooks) was the manicurist . . . ."

anonymous. "Social celebrity Film Feature at Regent Theater." Riverside Daily Press, June 7, 1926. (United States) *
--- article in Riverside, California newspaper

anonymous. "Menjou at Princess." Honolulu Star-Bulletin, June 9, 1926. (United States) *
--- article in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii newspaper

anonymous. "Adolphe Menjou to be Seen As A Social Celebrity." Venice Evening Vanguard, June 12, 1926. (United States) *
--- article on second run screening in Venice, California newspaper

anonymous. "Menjou In Garden Photoplay Today." Flint Journal, June 13, 1926. (United States) *
--- article in Flint, Michigan newspaper

anonymous. "Menjou's Vehicle Still at Criterion." Santa Monica Evening Outlook, June 14, 1926. (United States) *
--- article in Santa Monica, California newspaper

anonymous. "Menjou Charms Strand Patrons." Binghamton Press, June 15, 1926. (United States) *
--- review in Binghamton, New York newspaper

anonymous. "At the Movies." Bismarck Tribune, June 18, 1926. (United States) *
--- brief review in Bismarck, North Dakota newspaper

anonymous. "Photoplay Reviews." Democrat & Chronicle, June 21, 1926. (United States) *
--- review in Rochester, New York newspaper

anonymous. "Manjou Plays Barber Role in Eastman Film." Rochester Evening Journal & Post Express, June 21, 1926. (United States) *
--- review in Rochester, New York newspaper

anonymous. "New Theater Attractions." Syracuse Post-Standard, June 21, 1926. (United States) *
--- review (for second run screening) in Syracuse, New York newspaper

Croughton, Amy H. "Screen News." Rochester Times-Union, June 21, 1926. (United States) *
--- review in Rochester, New York newspaper

anonymous. "Menjou and Conklin Score, And Grass Strand Hit." Albany Evening News, June 22, 1926. (United States) *
--- review in Albany, New York newspaper

anonymous. "Poor But Proud; He's a Social Celebrity." Chicago Heights Star, June 22, 1926. (United States) *
--- review in Chicago, Illinois newspaper

anonymous. "Theaters." Fond du Lac Daily Reporter, June 25, 1926. (United States) *
--- brief write-up in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin newspaper

anonymous. "Adolph Menjou Comedy Tonight." Daily News Tribune, June 29, 1926. (United States) *
--- article in Fullerton, California newspaper

anonymous. "A Social Celebrity, with Adolphe Menjou, at Capitol." Sacramento Bee, June 30, 1926. (United States) *
--- "Louise Brooks, the girl who created favorable comment as the Miss Bayport in The American Venus, has the role of the leading woman." Sacramento, California newspaper

anonymous. "A Social Celebrity." Photoplay, July, 1926. (United States) *
--- capsule review with picture; "Miss Brooks looks more than ever like stellar material."

anonymous. "A Social Celebrity." Screenland, July, 1926. (United States) *
--- short review with picture

G., E. "A Social Celebrity." Pictures, July, 1926. (United States) *
--- capsule review

Reid, Laurence. "A Social Celebrity - Romantic Comedy." Motion Picture, July, 1926. (United States) *
--- capsule review; "The provocative Louise Brooks enters into the scheme of things too. She has screen personality. Her expressions have an impish playfullness. She has a manner of teasing you to join her, while at the same time she warns you to keep your distance."

anonymous. "Menjou Star of Capitol Screen." Sacramento Union, July 1, 1926. (United States) *
--- short review in Sacramento, California newspaper

anonymous. "Menjou Uses Facile Razor in Photoplay." Lansing Capital News, July 5, 1926. (United States) *
--- brief review in Lansing, Michigan newspaper

anonymous. "A Fine Paramount Comedy at Strand." Lansing State Journal, July 5, 1926. (United States) *
--- review in Lansing, Michigan newspaper

anonymous. "Brief Reviews of Films." Baltimore News, July 19, 1926. (United States) *
--- capsule review in Baltimore, Maryland newspaper

anonymous. "The Screen in Review: A Barber-shop Chord." Picture-Play, August, 1926. (United States) *
-- capsule review; "Louise Brooks is the young lady with the black hair who saved The American Venus from a fate worse than death. This young lady, very recently from Kansas, is the newest of all those new faces that have been cropping up lately. And the prettiest, too."

anonymous. "A Cut-Up With The Blond and Brunettes." Chico Daily Enterprise, August 9, 1926. (United States) *
--- article in Chico, California newspaper

anonymous. "A Social Celebrity at Palace, Last Times Today." Hamilton Daily News, August 11, 1926. (United States) *
--- article in Hamilton, Ohio newspaper

anonymous. "Reviews of the Week." Kinematograph Weekly, August 19, 1926. (England) *
-- brief review; "Louise Brooks more than justifies her promotion, her appeal of face and form being allied to real personality which promises to develop."

anonymous. "Charles Chaplin Rinde Tributo al Trabajo de Adolphe Menjou en Figaro en Sociedad." Excelsior, August 27, 1926. (Mexico) *
--- short article in Mexico City newspaper

anonymous. "Singer, Film at Stacy." Trenton Times, August 27, 1926. (United States) *
--- brief review in Trenton, New Jersey newspaper

anonymous. "Paramount Week at Lincoln Way." Gettysburg Times, September 6, 1926. (United States) *
--- short article in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania newspaper

anonymous. "Contest Winneer in Menjou Film." The Bee, October 11, 1926. (United States) *
--- article in Danville, Virginia newspaper

anonymous. "Hipp Vaudeville." Youngstown Telegram, November 1, 1926. (United States) *
--- review in Youngstown, Ohio newspaper

anonymous. "Menjou at Hippodrome." Youngstown Vindicator, November 2, 1926. (United States) *
--- review in Youngstown, Ohio newspaper

anonymous. "Moving Pictures." Daily Gleaner, November 3, 1926. (Jamaica) *
--- brief article Kingston, Jamaica newspaper

anonymous. "A Social Celebrity." Movie Times, December 1, 1926. (Japan) *
--- short article in Japanese film magazine

anonymous. "Holland Welcomed Back to Evansville At New Grand." Evansville Daily Courier, December 6, 1926. (United States) *
--- article in Evansville, Indiana newspaper

anonymous. "Adolphe Menjou in A Social Celebrity." Movie Times, December 11, 1926. (Japan) *
--- one page of text and images in Japanese film magazine

anonymous. "Ecos y noticias " La Vanguardia, December 11, 1926. (Spain) *
--- article in Barcelona newspaper

anonymous. "Proyecciones." Popular Film, December 30, 1926. (Spain) *
--- brief write up in Spanish film magazine

La Prensa, February 6, 1927. (Argentina) *
--- "Adolphe Menjou, protagonista de Figaro en sociedad." - captioned photo in Buenos Aires newspaper

anonymous. "Actualités." Cinémagazine, March 4, 1927. (France) *
--- contains a still from the film

S., W. "Picture-Theatres." Manchester Guardian, March 8, 1927. (England) *
--- review in Manchester newspaper

anonymous. "Au Suivant de ces Messieurs." Cinémagazine, May 6, 1927. (France) *
--- review; "Louise Brooks est tout à fait charmante."

anonymous. "At the Movies." Stevens Point Daily Journal , May 21, 1927. (United States) *
--- brief article in Stevens Point, Wisconsin newspaper

Florey, Robert and Tinchant, Andre. Adolphe Menjou Paris: Publications Jean Pascal, 1927. *
--- reference to the film as well as a few film stills including the earliest known image featuring Louise Brooks in a book

anonymous. "Figaro en sociedad." Popular Film, July 7, 1927. (Spain) *
--- three page, illustrated fictionalization in Spanish film magazine

anonymous. "Les Films de la Semaine." Cinémagazine, September 2, 1927. (France) *
--- review; " . . . c'est un des premiers films de Louise Brooks et la nouvelle star de la Paramount est une bien jolie fille."

author unknown. Picturegoer, December, 1927. (England)
--- article

anonymous. "A Social Celebrity at the Grand." Cape Times, December 12, 1927. (Union of South Africa) *
--- "Louise Brooks, the second featured player, appears as his first love." - brief article in Cape Town newspaper

anonymous. "New Shows at the Bio's." Cape Times, July 2, 1928. (Union of South Africa) *
--- capsule review in Cape Town newspaper

anonymous. "The Passing Shows." North-China Daily News, September 20, 1928. (China) *
--- article in Shanghai, English-language newspaper

anonymous. "The Isis Theatre." North China Daily News, June 20, 1929. (China) *
--- article in Shanghai, English-language newspaper

Brennan, Sandra. "A Social Celebrity." All Movie Guide, circa 2000. (United States) *
--- capsule review on film website


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